Corruption Fighting Back, “Hard and Dirty” – Lai Mohammed

Information and Culture Minister, Lai Mohammed has stated that corruption was fighting back, “hard and dirty”

The Minister who made this disclosure on Tuesday in Abuja maintained that the Federal Government was determined to see the war to the end no matter the blackmail.

He said, “Well, I can tell you today that corruption is already fighting back, and it is fighting hard and dirty. Sponsored articles have started appearing in the newspapers and in the social media, while ‘talking heads’ have started making the rounds in the electronic media, all deriding the fight against corruption as well as this administration.

“Not stopping there, they have been creating distractions by sponsoring articles in both local and international media to deride the administration’s policies generally, tag the President a budding dictator and even writing off his 2016 budget. We know that the sole purpose of these attacks is to distract attention from the war on corruption.

“It is saddening that some otherwise credible voices have unwittingly allowed themselves to be railroaded into the bandwagon of pro-corruption orchestra. They engage sophistry to try to rally Nigerians against the anti-corruption battle. One hack writer even said the disclosure that 55 Nigerians allegedly stole 1.34 trillion Naira between 2006 and 2013 did not trigger any anger among Nigerians.

”No amount of media or other attacks will stop the fight. The pseudo-analysts and hack writers will labour in vain in their quest to stop the train of this anti-corruption fight.

”When I met with the news and political editors in Lagos on Sunday, I said, among other things, that the government is aware that in fighting corruption, corruption will also fight back.

“I also said that those who stole us dry are powerful. They have newspapers, radio and television stations as well as online platforms, and an army of supporters to continuously deride the government’s war against corruption.

”Well, I can tell you today that corruption is already fighting back, and it is fighting hard and dirty.

“Sponsored articles have started appearing in the newspapers and on social media, while ‘talking heads’ have started making the rounds in the electronic media, all deriding the fight against corruption as well as this administration.

”Not stopping there, they have been creating distractions by sponsoring articles in both local and international media to deride the administration’s policies generally, tag the president a budding dictator and even write off his 2016 budget.

“We know that the sole purpose of these attacks is to distract attention from the war on corruption,” he said.

He said it was saddening that many people are deceived into accusing the Fedetal Government of lopsided war “hack writers”

”it is saddening that some otherwise credible voices have unwittingly allowed themselves to be railroaded into the bandwagon of pro-corruption orchestra”, he said

while noting that some ”hack writers”

He continued: ”One hack writer even said the disclosure that 55 Nigerians allegedly stole 1.34 trillion naira between 2006 and 2013 did not trigger any anger among Nigerians!

“A disclosure that made the front page in over a dozen Nigerian newspapers, played widely in the international media and attracted the attention of the world’s most powerful country and global financial institutions cannot be dismissed with a wave of the hand,” the Minister said.

He boosted: “But the good news is that we are winning the war”.

He urged the media to continuously educate and inform Nigerians about the evils of corruption, especially the cost of corruption to the lives of the citizens.

 

Author: News Editor

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